McDonalds – UBC

It is currently summer, meaning that McDonalds now has the promotion of summer drinks going, with many of their drinks being priced at $1, $2, or $3. Seeing that there is a McDonalds located at University Village in UBC, I decided to head there a week ago to get one of their Coffee Frappes, which is currently priced at $2. I also had one of their Sasuage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles.

Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles ($4.19):


3/5
This is like a McMuffin, except with two griddle cakes instead of the regular English muffin. The cakes were a little tough and gummy, but had a nice sweetness. I quite enjoyed the filling, in particular their sausage patties, which have a nice bit of spice to them.

Small Coffee Frappe ($2 during summer):

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Coffee Frappe

3/5
This is currently on promotion during the summer, and is currently priced at $2. The coffee is a little on the sweeter side and didn’t really have all that much coffee flavour. It does also get a little icy. I much prefer frappuccinos from Starbucks, although this is certainly much cheaper.

On a separate visit, I got an Oreo McFlurry.

Oreo McFlurry (around $3.57):


3/5
This consists of vanilla soft serve that’s mixed with crumbled cookie pieces. The ice cream isn’t really the best quality, but is still fairly enjoyable; the cookie pieces provide a nice crunch.

I know that McDonalds doesn’t exactly have a good rap, but to be honest, I actually still quite enjoyed the food I’ve tried there. Sure it isn’t great, but I honestly don’t think it’s that much worse than fancier shops albeit being offered at a much lower price. This isn’t really a place that I’d recommend, but I don’t think it’s a bad place to drop by for some food.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Victoria Restaurant

Victoria Restaurant is an old hole-in-the-wall diner located on the corner of 49th and Victoria. I’ve passed by the place a countless number of times, and recently, finally decided to check it out. They have a menu of breakfast fare, as well as lunch items and Chinese food as well. I had their Breakfast B, which consists of 2 eggs, a choice of sausage, ham or bacon, and a choice of toast or pancakes; I had sausage and pancakes.

Breakfast B ($7.50):


3/5
This comes with 2 eggs, your choice of toast or 3 pancakes, and sausage, ham, or bacon; I had the pancakes and sausages. The eggs were a little strange in that they have a circular disk shape; I did find them to be underseasoned. The sausages were standard breakfast sausages. The pancakes were a bit dry and tough, but still tasty. This isn’t anything special, but it’s still fairly good.

I’m glad to have finally checked out Victoria Restaurant. The food was nothing to write home about, but fairly good; the price was was very cheap: you can probably have a meal for $10, tips included. This is certainly not the best diner in terms of food and service, but for affordability, I’d definitely recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Mary’s on Davie

Mary’s on Davie is a retro-looking diner that’s located on Davie, several blocks from Burrard. I visited them during breakfast time. I just couldn’t resist ordering Chicken and Waffles whenever they’re on the menu, so of course I ended up getting it.

Chicken and Waffles ($17):


3.5/5
This consists of two small waffles sandwiching a large piece of fried chicken, and comes with your choice of side; I had their hashbrowns. The chicken was dark meat, and was tender and juicy; unfortunately, I found it to be very underseasoned. The waffles were a bit thick and chewy, but flavourful and seemed to contain pearls of sugar inside. It was quite sweet on its own, and didn’t really require any syrup. I really enjoyed the hashbrowns, which were very crispy and salted.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Mary’s. The dish was fairly good; the service quite friendly and prompt. Although I haven’t tried any of their burgers and other items off of their lunch/dinner menu, I think that this diner is definitely worth checking out for their breakfast items alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken and Waffles
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The Wallflower

You know the video of  David Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger? Well, that’s usually what I look like while eating burgers, except I’m sober. I just cannot seem to figure out how to eat a burger without everything falling out all over the place. That happened again during my visit to The Wallflower. They are a popular diner located on Main Street, right near Broadway. They have a menu, a large portion of which are vegetarian/vegan, although they do also have meat dishes for carnivores like myself. I had their Canuck Burger with Fries.

The Canuck Burger and Fries ($16):


3.5/5
This contained bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, and mushrooms, and comes with your choice of pork & beef patty, grilled chicken breast, or beyond burger patty. I, of course, had the pork & beef patty. The burger wasn’t particularly large in size, but still pretty satisfying. Although the patty was a little dry and charred on the exterior, it was very tender and juicy on the inside. The bacon provided a great bit of saltiness. The fries were crispy, but strangely dry.

Of course, as usual, I ended up getting a complete mess all over my clothes and the floor from condiments and fillings falling out. I still quite enjoyed the burger, although I did find the prices to be a bit on the higher side. Service-wise, the food took a while to come out, but the server was quite warm and friendly. While the diner didn’t blow me away, I think it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re vegetarian/vegan.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Dutch Wooden Shoe

I’ve never had a Pannekoek before. That changed after my recent visit to Dutch Wooden Shoe. The latter is a small cafe located on Cambie, not far from the King Edward skytrain station. The interior is cozy and decorated by, well, wooden shoes, as well as pictures of patrons and other odds and ends. Food-wise, they specialize in Pannekoeks, which is a thin, Dutch-style pancake, although they do have a large menu of other breakfast items as well as some lunch fare. I had their Wooden Shoe Pannekoek.

The Wooden Shoe Pannekoek ($13.95):


3.5/5
This contained bacon and apples baked in, along with bacon, apples, cheese, and sauerkraut on top. The pancake, while flat, was actually quite soft and tender. It was a bit bland on its own; however, there was a good amount of filling and topping to provide flavour. I particularly enjoyed the bacon, which provided a nice saltiness. While I’m generally not a bit fan of sauerkraut, but here it wasn’t too strong and actually blended well with the saltiness.

I’m glad to have checked out Dutch Wooden Shoe. While the Pannekoek didn’t blow me away, it was still good, and a nice portion. This is definitely a nice place to try something different for breakfast.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: The Wooden Shoe Pannekoek
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Kisokoma

I’m not a sushi eater. However, I do still enjoy Japanese food like karaage and teriyaki. I was actually having a craving for the latter dish recently, so I decided to visit Kisokoma. This is a small Japanese joint located on Broadway, not far from the Vancouver General Hospital. They have quite a large menu of the fare that you’d typically expect from such a joint, including sashimi, sushi, and cooked food to suit all tastes. I had their Chicken Teriyaki and Deep-Fried Gyoza.

Chicken Teriyaki ($8.95):


3/5
This comes with a small bowl of rice and miso soup. The chicken itself was, by virtue of white meat, quite tender and juicy, and had a nice crispy skin. I personally would have liked the teriyaki sauce to be a tad sweeter, but it was still flavourful. I did find the meat to be a little lacking. I quite enjoyed the rice too, which had a nice chewy texture. The portion wasn’t very large, but for $9, it is fair.

Deep-Fried Gyoza ($3.95):


3/5
This was filled with a pork and vegetable filling. The skin outside had a pretty nice crispy texture. The filling was tender and juicy; I did find it to be a bit too bland, however.

I wasn’t blown away by the food from Kisokoma, but it was still fair. The prices are very affordable. While I wasn’t blown away by the joint, I think that it’s still decent enough to warrant a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Gia Minh

Giah Minh is a Vietnamese joint located on Fraser Street, a couple of blocks away from 49th Avenue. Their menu consists of the usual popular Vietnamese fare, along with a variety of drinks and desserts. I had their BBQ Chicken, Spring Rolls with Vermicelli and Mango Shake.

BBQ Chicken, Spring Rolls with Vermicelli ($10):


4/5
The spring roll was not exactly hot, but still quite crispy and flavourful. The chicken was tender and flavourful; I was missing a bit of charred flavour, however.

Mango Shake ($4.50):


4.5/5
The shake was creamy but not overly rich, and not all icy. It had a great fragrance of mango, and was sweet without being overly so.

I was very impressed with Giah Minh: the food was solid; I was especially impressed by their shakes. The prices were very affordable. The only criticism I have is the service, which can be a little lacking at times. All in all however, this is a solid Vietnamese joint that I’d highly recommend visiting.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Mango Shake
Gia Minh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Koerners Pub

With the school term coming to an end, we had a couple of undergraduates that were leaving the lab. To give them the proper send off, we went over to Koerners. They are a pub located near the UBC Rose Garden that’s quite popular among staff and students of UBC. They serve a pretty good menu of drinks as well as food. The rest of the group got a few pitches of beers. Being a non-drinker, I just stuck to the food. I just had their Kogi Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Kogi Fried Chicken Sandwich (with fries) ($13.95):


4/5
This consisted of a brioche bun filled with fried chicken, kogi mayo, jalapenos and other vegetables, and comes with your choice of fries, salad or soup (I had the fries). The brioche bun was soft and fluffy, and had a nice bit of sweetness. The chicken had a great crispiness, and was tender and juicy. The mayo had a nice sweetness that paired well with the chicken. The fries were quite crispy.

I don’t like beer, so I can’t give any thoughts on the drinks at Koeners, but their food was great. The staff wasn’t the friendliest, but it might just be because we were such a large gorup, it’s more difficult for them to manage. All in all, this is a solid joint that’s definitely worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Kogi Fried Chicken Sandwich
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Secret Garden Tea

Secret Garden Tea is a cute little shop located in Kerrisdale. They are best known for serving high tea, although they do offer various breakfast & lunch items, as well as baked goods. I had their French Toast Croissant off of their breakfast menu, as well as a pot of their Secret Garden’s Secret tea.

French Toast Croissant ($11):


3/5
This consisted of a croissant that’s stuffed with cinnamon apples and cream cheese, and is served with a side of syrup and fruit. The croissant was nicely grilled and crispy on the interior. It was filled with apples, which were tender; unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste much of the cream cheese inside. The fruit, which consisted of melon and cantalope, were a bit too unripe and hard, however.

Secret Garden’s Secret Tea ($5):


3.5/5
This was a black tea that’s flavoured with vanilla. The tea itself had a pretty nice flavour, and was mildly bitter. I quite enjoyed the vanilla, which was sweet but not overpowering.

The food was decent, but not great; I did find their prices to be a bit on the higher side. The staff were quite friendly, however. The place didn’t blow me away, but I think it’s probably worth checking out for their high tea menu.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Heirloom Vegetarian

I was apparently a picky eater when I was young. According to my mom, there used to be a long list of things that I refused to eat. This is a little surprising since these days I’m pretty much down for anything other than avocado, which I’m allergic to, and sashimi, which I just don’t like. I do remember not liking mushrooms when I was still in elementary, and carefully picking out any mushrooms that might be in my lunch. Fortunately, nowadays I do like mushrooms. As such, when I visited Heirloom Vegetarian, I decided to get their Mushroom Benedict. The latter is a restaurant located near Granville, just a couple of blocks from Granville that, as their name implies, specializes in vegetarian cuisine.

Mushroom Benedict ($19):


3.5/5
This consisted of 2 eggs, goat cheese, king & oyster mushrooms on an English muffin, and is topped with hollandaise. They do also have a vegan version available (with tofu instead of eggs). It’s served with smashed potatoes and a small side salad. I really enjoyed the hollandaise, which was thick, creamy and had a nice tang. There was a good amount of mushrooms, which was quite flavourful and went quite well with the goat cheese. I didn’t really like the muffin however, which was kind of soggy and didn’t seem to be toasted. The potatoes were crispy on the outside but underseasoned; fortunately, they do serve it with some tomato sauce. The salad was just standard.

I’m glad that I’ve grown to like mushrooms now; I quite enjoyed the mushroom benedict at Heirloom Vegetarian. The service was also quite good: the staff were very friendly and pretty attentive. I do find their prices to be a little on the higher side, however. All in all, this is definitely a good option for vegetarians and anyone else who just wants to try something different.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Mushroom Benedict
Heirloom Vegetarian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato